News release - 2012

ELECTRA II - The smart world. Making Europe smarter and more competitive.

Solutions proposed by Europe’s electrical engineering and electronics industries.

Brussels, Belgium, 2012-06-18

‘We have been ‘good’, we have been ‘better’ now we are on our way in Europe to becoming ‘smart’. A smart society is one that is ready to face the challenges of the future, such as demographic change and developing a health system that caters for the needs of an elderly population; further shortages of ram materials and therefore the need to achieve a greater resource efficiency; a smart grid that can cope with the increased use of renewable energy sources; climate change, the shortage of energy and the consequent need to use energy more efficiently; integrated transportation infrastructures that meet the mobility demands of the next generation; a safe and secure place to live and work: and the concentration of more and more people in and around large urban areas. And of course, a society that is capable or adapting its manufacturing sector to ensure that the benefits arising from providing solutions to these challenges accrue to its economy, providing jobs and growth in Europe.


In the new Electra report ‘The smart world’, the electrical engineering and electronics industry through Electra aims to:


  • briefly analyse the results of the 2008  Electra report, looking at those areas where progress has been achieved and at those where more needs to be done;
  • Outline the changes that have arisen following the 2008-2009 economic crash, as well as the impact of this on Europe’s electrical and electronics industry.
  • Re-examine the challenges at societal level that Europe faces today and present proposals which are both supportive of European policies and ensure that the industry continues to grow and invest in Europe, in short making Europe smarter and more competitive.


In 2008 the Electra report was launched. Its aim was to determine what conditions needed to be met to ensure that the EU’s electrical engineering and electronics industry, one of Europe’s leading manufacturing and export sectors with an output in 2006 of some 320 billion euro and employing some 2.8 million people, should continue to grow, and at an even higher rate.
Written by a team of experts from the electrical and electronics industry, CENELEC,the European Commission and the European Metalworkers’ Federation under the joint chairmanship of Mr. Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the European Commission and Pr. Edward G. Krubasik, former President of Orgalime, the Electra report was cited in the conclusions of the Competitiveness Council of May 2009 and, at the end of October in the same year, the European Commission issued a Communication ‘Electra’ (COM(2009)594 final).